Personal cleanliness is one of the habits necessary to maintain the health of the body and feel good. And the products we use to do this are in contact with us in such a profound way that could almost be compared to food.
Today I just want to emphasize the importance of the care and well-being of the largest organ of our body, the skin, deepening a popular topic these days: what substances we are using to moisturize, cleanse, and beautify our skin? Do you know that 90% of chemicals used in cosmetics “synthetic” are derivatives of petroleum?
You have to know that substances in cosmetic products do not remain in the top layer of skin but are absorbed; one side is eliminated through organs like the liver, kidneys and lymph channels but another part builds up in organs and tissues could cause problems such as hormonal disorders of or cancer.
Most of us during the day you will be taken care of your body, of your hair, your face, intimate hygiene and oral and will then be used…
Shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, hair mousse, body lotion, deodorant, perfume, cologne, face cream, tonic, cleanser, tricks, glazes, lipsticks, shaving foam, after shave cream, toothpaste, mouthwash, intimate gel, etc.
How many of these products were natural? How many of these products hide toxins in it? And especially … it is necessary to use so many products?
It is important to know that in cosmetics ingredients are listed starting from the most content up to that present in minimum quantities. So watch what you read!
List of main toxic ingredients in cosmetics
Let’s see now what are the main toxic ingredients to avoid and why…
Paraffin and petroleum derivatives
Label look like: mineral oil, paraffinum, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum, silicone quaternium, Methylsilanol, wax microcristalina, Ozokerit, ceresin, vaseline.
Mostly used in moisturizing creams or lipsticks, they give to the skin or lips a false appearance of “brilliant”; in reality the cover as if it were a plastic casing by blocking the cell respiration. Are substances that can cause acne, irritation, dermatitis, rashes, dry skin, skin spots and especially … premature aging. Just what you’re trying to avoid in applying a cream. Do not you believe it? Make an experiment … stop using the cream with the substance in question and see how it will look even more dry and damaged than when you started using it! Normal, because in fact you were not moisturizing or nourishing as you thought.
The label appear as: -anilid- or -anilin- as for example acetanilid, HC (HC orange 3), Acid (Acid Red 73), Pigment (Pigment Green 7), Solvent (Solvent Black 3), Cl followed by a number (Cl 12700, Cl17200, etc.).
Make creams, bath foam tricks or attractive to the eye but human carcinogens! It’s worth?
Label appear as: PEG + number, Steareth, ceteareth and everything ends in PPG, Polyehtylene, Hidroxyporpyl, etc.
Emulsifiers are used to obtain the desired emulsion between water and fat (do not separate the two phases).
Actually applied to the body, they also help eliminate the skin’s natural protection factor making it more vulnerable and less impervious to toxic substances.
You may also like to read another article on EGoodH: 8 ways to use olive oil as a natural beauty product
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Also avoid: Ammonium Lauryl sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Sulfate myreth.
They are best used in shampoo detergents, shower gel, toothpaste.
They are very irritating and can easily absorb in our body, especially in the tissues of the heart, liver, lungs, eyes. It is accepted by the “cosmetic ingredients review” in infrequent use of products and only at a concentration of 1%. This is not just what happens in reality … and often we find it at the top among the ingredients (i.e. among those in greater quantities).
Saviors of formaldehyde
Label appear as: DMDM + a name (e.g. DMDM hydantoin), diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea.
Formaldehyde is one of the cheapest and existing effective preservatives in the market, its use is prohibited in cosmetics saw its carcinogenic and teratogenic (causes birth defects in the fetus). From here, the cosmetics industry genius who decided to use formaldehyde liberators, apparently different but the toxic end the same way.
The label appears as: Aluminium Chloride, Chlorohydrex Aluminium, Aluminium Chlorhydrate, etc.
Used as anti-perspirant deodorants, causing a sweat reduction and preventing the elimination of toxins through the axillary; in this way toxins accumulate in the lymphatic glands of the arm and this in the long run may cause especially localized tumors such as breast.
Perfumes or fragrances
Label look like: Parfum or fragrance .
Are present in perfumes, shower gel, soaps, deodorants, baby products, shampoos, creams … say a little everywhere!
Make it as pleasant smelling product … … irresistible! But in fact are dangerous substances that accumulate, can be carcinogenic and can affect hormonal balance! It’s worth?
Label appear as: DEHP, DMP, DBP, BBP4, DINP, DIDP, DNOP.
They are used as solvents and are found in shampoos, enamels, lacquers, etc..
Are highly toxic, influence on hormonal balance and are suspected carcinogens.
Label appear as: Benzophenone-2, Benzophenone-3, oxybenzone, Octocrylene, 4-Methybenzyliden Camphor, Ethyl-hexylcinnamate, Octyl-dimethyl PABA, etc.
Have a carcinogenic behavior, they can trigger allergies, accumulate in the body and alter the hormonal balance. And you who wanted only to protect you from the sun!
Label appear as: Benylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, etc.
They are the cheapest and effective preservatives used by the cosmetic industry. Present in shampoos, creams, Shaving products, lubricants, toothpaste, etc.
Produce irritation, dermatitis and rashes in many cases are dangerous and applied to the skin daily.
Recognized as toxic and carcinogenic, you can still find it in lipsticks. More lipstick is long lasting as the risk of containing lead is high.
It is an additive (synthetic antioxidant) related with allergies, liver problems and digestive system.
It is used to generate foam in certain cosmetic products such as shampoo or shower gel.
It accumulates in the liver and kidneys and promotes the appearance of cancer.
It is an additive that accumulates in the body and is joined to the heavy metals. Very difficult to eliminate.
Natural Cosmetics: The healthy alternative
After all this roundup of toxic information, you must be wondering: “Is there a healthy alternative to all this?”.
Yes, the natural or organic cosmetics, becoming more common on the market and more and more delicate with your skin.
But be careful! Again it is always best to read the labels … unfortunately not enough to read bio, eco or natural to be sure it does not contain anything too! There is always some company that wants to take advantage of it and try to fool the customer, perhaps with attractive prices compared to the market.
It then looks for quality in these simple tips…
- since the natural and organic cosmetics are usually more expensive, by initially priority to those who are more in touch with your body, such as a moisturizer, deodorant, toothpaste, a cream after shaving, etc..
- Bio seeks certification in the case of organic products, but do not stop there, ask more information on substances that are on the label to a specialist or manager of the department store or herbal medicine.
- Make sure they are not tested on animals.
- An excessively economic natural product is not a good quality signal seen that they are generally more delicate products, lower production cost and free of synthetic components.
- They have a generally shorter maturity of the synthetic products as they do not contain artificial preservatives.
What you will notice about you?
- The skin will begin to breathe and regenerate naturally; will look more beautiful, young, fresh and bright.
- The hair will gain strength and will fall less far.
- The nails will return shiny and strong.
- You discover the scent of your body and you will notice how unnatural all these synthetic fragrances of conventional products.
- Rediscover the use of simple and natural products such as soap and cosmetic vegetable oil.
- After a few months, you cannot help it and abandon the use of toxic products, hazardous chemicals and you were using.